Details for Lightkeepers Marina

Lightkeepers Marina

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 68 reviews

Address 4603 Lightkeepers Way
Little River, SC 29566


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

LKM Board of Directors; John Schwab, President



James Blanton

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Visa, MasterCard,and Discover.

Payment discounts

BoatUS members save $0.25 off slip rental rates.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Operating hours:
November - February: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
March: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
April: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
May-October: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

After hours: Call the marina for arrangements.


Entrance ICW mile marker 346 and daymarker G13. Follow harbor channel markers G1 and R2; stay mid-channel.
If traveling south on the ICW, DO NOT TURN UNTIL the harbor lighthouse and channel markers are 90 degrees to your starboard side.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: 7

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 120
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 125
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2015-11-19)

Other price info: Transient slips based on availability, 30 foot minimum.
BoatUS and MTOA member discount is $0.25 per foot.
Weekly, monthly and six-month transient rates posted on the website.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp is $5.00 per night.
Two 30 amp or one 50 amp is $7.00 per night.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Free at each slip.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

Yes - Limited availability with LKM Board approval.


Fuel brand: Available within the harbor.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Tank exchange at Walmart and Lowe's (5 mi). Ace Hardware provides refill service (3 mi).

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Leash required.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Pump out is available at the slip by scheduled request.

Nature's Call is a non-profit organization providing free mobile pump-out service at marinas in the North Myrtle Beach area. Call 843-957-2960. Monitors VHF 13/16. Nature's Call provides quick, friendly and clean pumpout service. Note that depending on how busy they are they require several days to a week notice.




Yes - Plus recycling of cans and bottles.


Yes - Newly renovated showers, 2014.


Yes - Newly renovated heads, 2014.




Yes - Grocery store within 2 miles.


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Restaurants within the harbor and several nearby,


Yes - Within the harbor area restaurants; more nearby.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Holiday Inn Express within the harbor area; others nearby.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Full array of marine services available within the area.

Haul out capabilities

No - Haulout is available within 0.25 mile of the marina.

Storage facilities

No - There's a storage facility within one mile of the marina.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Available nearby.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Sailboat charters available within the marina; fishing charters available nearby.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Access less than one mile from the marina.


Yes - Taxi and rental car services available.

Other services

Pool on site.
One mile harbor boardwalk for jogging or walking.
Ship store with ice, drinks and snacks.


Cherry Grove Beach is 3 miles away. Full array of beach attractions in Myrtle Beach area and numereous golf courses are nearby.

Reviews for Lightkeepers Marina
The best basin ever, 2017-08-07
Captain: , Sunset Beach, NC (1146)

This isn't really a transient marina. It's usually so full they can't even accomodate transients. The reason it is full is because it is well protected, brackish water (no barnacles), and good amenities like a pool and laundery, and a few restaurants near by. If you are looking to lease a slip long term then this is a good place. Transients should check Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, in the same basin. They have the cheapest diesel around as well.

Great Protetion, Fiendly Service, 2017-06-14
Captain: , Little River, SC (268)

This marina, and harbor, are a wonderful stop over for a few days or a place to keep you boat full time. James is always willing to help out a boater anyway he can. Nice showers and pool.

No one to respond, 2017-04-22
Captain: , Kingston (72)

We did try to call them but their voice message box was full. We sent them an e-email but never received a response. We arrrived there and called them on 16 and 13 but no one responded. We were attracted by the ratings given by others, but our experience with them has been extremely disappointing. GIVEN THEM YOUR BUSINESS. They do not care.

My first choice., 2016-03-07
Captain: , Little River SC (10)

I have been using LKM as my part time/summer layover port since 2012. James Blanton and his staff (Bob and George) have always been responsive to phone calls and the VHF. They have gone out of their way to ensure transients become return guests during travels up and down the ICW, offering their own vehicles for runs to local stores, contacting mechanics, checking the docks and boats daily and making adjustments to lines and water/power connections.
During our time with LKM we have regularly cruised south, advising James of our anticipated return in approximately six months. He has always had a slip available for our return.
As the economy has morphed over the last seven years many boats have become dock queens, rarely going anywhere, and limiting transient space. James has acknowledged this in his response to Craig. Regardless, LKM is still my first choice in the Little River area.
Steve Kamp,
S/V Carolina

One of the best marina's on the loop with pool!, 2016-03-01
Captain: , long island sound (40)

I had my boat here for the past month and for a couple of months last summer. The bathrooms are spotless and the shower is great! The pool is great on a hot day. The manager lets you borrow the car to get supplies. Publix , Home Depot , Walmart and West Marine are about 4 miles away in North Myrtle Beach. Very well protected from all points because it is surrounded by condo's. Very friendly staff. There are also laundry facilities on site as well as free wifi.

They don't answer phone or return calls, 2015-12-10
Captain: , Seven Oaks, South Carolina (245)

2015-10 Oriiginal post: We tried numerous times to reach them via telephone, no live person, and they didn't bother to return calls. We went on and found great people at Osprey Marina.
2015-12-10 Update: No confusion, both marinas were rated.

Management response:
We are not primarily set up for transient dockage but do accept a few now and then on a limited basis when available. We are not making excuses but your review has certainly caused us to look hard at our Active Captain Partnership and re-evaluate. Also noticed you had the same comments about another marina within the harbor and wondered if you had the two confused?

Lightkeepers Marina, we'll definitely be back!, 2015-12-06
Captain: , Catawba Island, OH (291)

Very nice, quiet marina. Very responsive and helpful staff!

Tons of things to see and do nearby with easy access to the attractions.

The bathrooms are very nice and clean! Awesome, clean showers!Need to get in early if you want a HOT shower, otherwise it'll be warm at best.

Management response:
Thanks for stopping in and staying with us. Hope to see you on your return trip in the Spring!
LKM Management

Not Impressed, 2015-06-29
Captain: , Naples, FL (682)

We wanted to stay here on our way north today. Called the marina three hours out. Left message. No answer. Called several times as we got closer - still no response. Called on Ch 16 at marina entrance and then again inside the marina (noting numerous large signs saying call on Ch 16). Still no reponse. Went all the way in past the office. Saw no staff or obvious place to tie up and investigate. So we left quite curious about this ghost marina - and found a wonderful alternative at Ocean Isle Marina furhter north at MM 335

Management response:
Captain Boyd, So sorry we missed you when trying to contact us. Call me direct next time you are in the area and I will make it up to you. Where you in the nice GB 36 trawler? I saw you go by but never heard a call on VHF 16?
LKM Staff

SWIMMING POOL!!!, 2015-06-03
Captain: , Fort Myers (700)

Charged us only $45 for Tdock with power for our 42' trawler, likely as we are on the tail end of the migration. Very friendly and helpful. Offered car several times. two good restauarants nearby. The Officers Club was closed that day, but we were told it was good for inexpensive drinks and food. Next door was Clark's - a bit on the upper end, but the food was excellent!

Management response:
Capt John & Mindee,
It was a pleasure to have you at Lightkeepers Marina.
Thanks for staying with us!
LKM Staff

Just stayed one night but will be back, 2015-05-29
Captain: , Midway,GA (261)

Called the marina for docking instructions and the dockmaster James guided us to our slip and helped us tie up and hook up all utilities. Great marina,full length finger docks,wooden docks floating but in very good shape. Restrooms and showers were very clean. For our short stay we did not get to use the swimming pool (darn). We were made to feel welcome from the GETGO. We will stop here again. Thank you for a comfortable stay.

Management response:
Captain David,
Thanks for staying with us. Please stop by on your next trip!
LKM Staff

Safe Harbor .. Great Marina, 2015-05-25
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1144)

We needed to get off the boat for a while and tend to some business. While we were gone, Tropical Storm Ana made land fall very near Little River SC where Lightkeepers is located. When we returned we were apprehensive about what we might find. She was in perfect shape. In addition to very good protection, the marina is wonderful. James, the dock master, is a true professional and a wonderful person. The bathroom are new and very clean. Laundry good. Restaurant a short walk away .. good menu. Easy to rent a car. Very friendly folks on the docks. Nice pool. We plan to make this our "home away from home" for Present Moment on trips up and down the coast. Thanks James!!!

Management response:
Thanks Captain Susan. We are very proud of our Dock Master, James Blanton and his crew. One of the many benefits of this facility is it's natural "Hurricane Hole" designation as us locals refer to it. Surrounded by multiple 3 story condominium buildings and dug out of a former coquina mine, the harbor is known as a safe haven in storms. A great place for long term storage for sure. Please stop in again!

LKM Staff

Nothing could be finer., 2015-05-05
Captain: , Little River, SC (20)

The first sailboat we ever set foot on was at this marina. We loved the boat but the people here, the access and asthetics tied it all together. Beautiful setting, with a protected harbour and yet so close to open water. The Dockmaster (James) appears to be on a mission of customer service to his long term occupants and transients alike. If you are in for a while you should also consider a memebrship at the Officers Club. A casual, members only club within walking distance from anywhere in the marina. I can't imagine being anywhere else. Visit the website and check out the very cool arial video.

Management response:
Thank you Captain Gary for the kind remarks. It has been a pleasure welcoming you into our community.
LKM Staff

One of the Best Marinas on the East Coast, 2015-05-04
Captain: , Greenville SC (250)

We found more than a wonderful marina here. James and Kim were helpful in every way possible. Best shower you will find! Good laundry facilities. A pool, a group party every month, and many great boaters with whom you can interact. Easy car rental. We will be back on our next pass through the area.

Management response:
Thanks Captain David. Looking forward to your next stop here soon!
LKM Staff

Gem of a marina, 2015-04-30
Captain: , Cape Canaveral (1191)

We came in late and George was great help. Sort of tight slide in between two boats on the face dock, but no problem in our 49' trawler. We draw 4' and had more than 2' under our keel at low tide at the dock. The marina is well protected, bath facilities and pool are great, and the entire complex is very, very well maintained and clean. A couple good restaurants are quite close by and easy walk. We will plan to stop and stay longer on our southbound return in the fall.

Management response:
Capt Bru, Thanks for staying with us and we look forward to your return visit.
LKM Staff

Ten star marina!!, 2015-04-25
Captain: , Ludington (100)

This marina far exceeded our expectations for hospitality and quality. James has absolutely the BEST welcoming, kind, fun personality and was over-the-top helpful and eager to please. He made sure we had more than adequate access to transportation to the beach and grocery store. The pool was warm and clean, the bathroom was spotless, and the shower is like no other marina shower we have seen - clean, large, and beautifully tiled! The live-aboards are very welcoming and friendly and it was easy to make new friends in the two days we were there. This would be a perfect place to leave your boat for an extended period of time. With all these features and the great rate, it really is a ten-star place. Fantastic marina!!!
Patriot - Ludington, MI 4/25/15

Management response:
Jim & Connie, We love transient cruisers like you on "Patriot". Please stop by again if ever in the area and we will strive to keep earning that 5 star rating!!!
LKM Staff

Great stop 4/18/15, 2015-04-21
Captain: , Atlanta (770)

Kim met us at the dock (in the rain), tied us up and even refused a tip. She even offered to take us to the store. Easy in-out, very protected marina. Nice boardwalk around entire marina good for daily walk. Restaurant on site. Facilities new/neat/clean.

Management response:
Captain George,
Thanks for the kind words. Kim sure does enjoy meeting our transient boaters and hope to see you again real soon! Maybe when the weather is more cooperative!
LKM Staff

Short but very good experience , 2015-04-19
Captain: , Discovery Bay, CA (162)

Very accommodating and then some. Good help docking in the rain. Restrooms spic and span clean. They offered car to shop if we needed it or would shop for us. Kim even said if we needed anything after 5 to just call. Where do you get service like that anywhere else. They also were instrumental in getting us in touch with Grande Harbor Marine. We needed to leave next day to go to Grande Harbor for prop and boat repairs. On our way (during very heavy rain) when we were calling them they did not pick up. Kim heard us and hailed us and offered to call them for us. Very impressive. We will return.

Management response:
Thanks for the kind words. Please stop in again on your return travels.
LKM Staff

Same no-communication problem, 2015-04-16
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

I made a telephone reservation the day before our intended stay and was told to hail them on the VHF when I got close. I did so numerous times over 15 minutes and got no response. Coming into the marina, I saw no one, so tried to keep away from the docked boats while telephing, only to get a voxmail greeting.

We wound up at the Coquina YC in the same basin, and then got an apologetic return call from the dockmaster. He stated he was not aware to be expecting us, and had to leave the property for an emergency. We understand emergencies and accept the apology, but it also sounds like the reservation was not properly handled.

No return call, 2015-04-12
Captain: , Wicomico Creek, MD (494)

THought this would be a great stop but repeated phone and VHF calls got no response. It was Sunday but I don't understand for 2 hrs not getting a call.

Management response:
We are sorry your experience was negative and you did not get a response from our staff while calling and hailing on the VHF radio. If you are in the area again please give us a second try. We try to monitor radio and phone traffic constantly but somehow your call slipped through the cracks. Again we apologize...
LKM Staff

Wonderful marina and staff, 2015-04-06
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (3163)

I just wanted to just stay a night and get some rest and a shower. Wow, what a great stop. They had a marina party the night I came and I was invited to join in. Wow, great food, nice people, and everyone one made you feel welcome. Resonable prices, clean, very nice showers, washrooms, and laundry. They let me use a courtesy car no charge to run errands. I could not leave it was too good to be true. So I stayed a couple of days and socialized. Also a nice boardwalk to walk on on the premises. I will return.

Management response:
Thanks for staying with us! See you on the return trip!
LKM Staff

Enjoyed the winter months here, 2015-03-19
Captain: , Louisiana (554)

Just left this marina after spending 4-1/2 months during the winter. Very pleased with all aspects of the facilities and operation of the marina. Marina personnel are all very helpful. And, they actually get out of the office to walk the docks several times a day!
Physical facilities (laundry, showers, heads, office area) are excellent. The docks and finger piers are starting to show some age, but the marina works hard to maintain them.
Boaters at the marina, especially the full-time liveaboards are very friendly; couldn't ask for a better bunch of people. I noted that the local USPS is very active in this area, and they have a dynamic squadron.
All of this, plus the price was right! We're planning our return 2 years from now!

Management response:
Thank you Captain for the kind words. Safe voyage and see you on the return!
LKM Staff

friendliest marina on the intercoastal, 2015-03-18
Captain: , little river school (10)

These folks do anything and everything to make sure your stay is perfect. From moving boats around so you can get your carpets cleaned to making sure that the monthly free gathering is a night to remember. James the dockmaster and all of his helpers have a genuine interest in making you happy

Management response:
Thank you for the kind words!
LKM Staff

Marina Staff, 2015-03-04
Captain: , NMB, SC (20)

Harbor Master James and crew are beyond compare!

Management response:
Thank you Capt Gary for the kind words.
The LKM Staff.

Best showere ever, 2015-01-27
Captain: , Worland, WY (30)

Best marina showers we have seen...better than 98% of residential facilities. Kim was extremely helpful guiding us in the channel, docking, and more. Great seafood at Clarks. If more marinas were like Lightkeepers, we would anchor out far less.

Management response:
Thank you for the kind words. Please stop by again when in the area!
Safe travels,
LKM Staff

First Rate marina, 2014-11-26
Captain: , Burlington vt (230)

This is a first class operation. The staff is super helpful and outgoing. Always have a solution to what your needs may be. The cleanest and nicest bathrooms and showers with great hot water. Laundry right on the premises. The dockmaster James had a great solution for getting our crew back to Beaufort NC......take our courtesy car! Lots of stores and provisioning with a couple of miles from here. We draw 6'3" with our Passport 40 so we have to pay attention when coming in but once in there is plenty of water. James tells us that there will be some dredging in 2015 so that should help. This will be a regular for us....

Great staff and very snice marina, 2014-11-16
Captain: , Clayton, NY (655)

Entrance to marina was a bit difficult with a narrow channel and some current. We were met on the dock by George who helped us tie up. The bathrooms were beautiful and the grounds were nice to walk around.

Really nice and helpful people, 2014-11-09
Captain: , Rock Hall,Md (60)

We stopped for just a night, but the friendly cruisers and James the dock master were so nice, we wished we could stay longer. our neighbors, Diane and Ted were so nice....hitched a ride to the grocery store with a car Diane borrowed from the marina, and felt a part of the community right away. my husband needed some work done, and on a Saturday afternoon, the mechanic, Richard came and worked with my husband to fix what hey could, and promised to contact him when he got an answer from one of the designers ( on a 30 year old boat) in the next couple of days. all of this at $1 a foot!

Don't try here., 2014-10-11
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (30)

We tried for half an hour to contact them using phone and VHF. No reply. Went in the rather cramped channel but could not find anyone to direct us to the fuel dock. Eventually found our way but there was no help there. We left. Clearly this place warrants no recommendation. Difficult to maneuver and a waste of time.

Great marina, wonderful Dockmaster , 2014-09-29
Captain: , Maryland Marina (30)

We stayed here only one night, but James made us feel very welcomed. He let us use his car to go to the beach. Marina very nice. Good food at the Officer's Club. We did not use the pool, but it looked great. We would stay here again just because of the Dockmaster.

started adventure here, 2014-06-14
Captain: , Port Arthur, Tx (516)

purchaced 46' power cat that was kept here. stayed on V dock which was the furtherest from marina office and loading area. The marina staff was the best offered car tools docking assistance. stayed here a week preping boat for trip back to texas. laundry had 1 washer 1 dryer both worked well clean showers and restroom. payed $300/mo for time from purched boat until we left. fuel price $3.90 with cash discount. recomend to all.

love this place, 2014-06-08
Captain: , CHARLESTON (330)

only a $1 / ft and pool, beautiful restrooms!!! laundry and helpful dock hands! can't beat it - also good fuel prices!!

Good Marina With Great Prices, 2014-05-14
Captain: , Kent Island, MD (392)

I am becoming partial to the $1 per foot club, particularly when the showers are so nice, the people so friendly, and the in and out is so easy. I will be back.

Friendly place, 2014-05-08
Captain: , Silverthorne, CO (419)

Dockmaster James was helpful and friendly, offering to lend us his car, and inviting us (and our guests) to their monthly Friday party. We felt very welcomed at the party, great food, and fun people. Beautiful showers/restrooms, single washer/dryer, small book exchange, nice-looking pool. Not much to walk to from here, but all shopping a short drive away.

Wonderful Place, 2014-05-04
Captain: , Tarpon Springs (983)

We have been floored by the friendliness and helpfulness of the people here in Little River, South Carolina. James at Lightkeepers Marina took my reservation mid-afternoon Friday after we hit a log in the Waccamaw, and had Larry the diver call me later that afternoon. On Saturday James was there to take the lines, and Larry, Saturday afternoon, came as promised and dived on the boat and gave the diagnosis. He then called Nick at Grande Harbour who offered to haul us Sunday afternoon if it would help, but based on the tides we opted for Monday morning. He hauled us exactly as promised, Larry showed up exactly as promised and was reinstalling the shaft and prop, duly straightened, 24 hours after pulling it. And Nick had us in the water again next morning and James was there again to take the lines at the marina. The charges were fair and reasonable for the work performed, and everyone knew his business, and worked at it. Even the motel staff waived the weight limit on dogs given our circumstance.

One of the nicest marinas on the east coast, 2014-02-20
Captain: , Moorestown, NJ (40)

We pulled in here after running aground, tired and frustrated and these folks just couldnt be nicer. They waited for us to get in (it was late) and really just couldnt be more welcoming. They quickly recomended a local restaurant -which is a three minute walk away and then the next morning made phone calls to secure a diver and then handed me the keys to a car if we wanted to do some provisioning. James and Bob literally embody what a great marina experience is. Stay here if you can. Its worth the extra effort.

The place to stop, 2014-01-31
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (531)

We have been here a week waiting for some repairs and an ice storm to pass over. We got in a bit after they were supposed to close but Bob waited for us and helped us tie up. The docks are floating and in pretty good shape, the finger piers are narrow and will rock and roll a bit when you walk on them.

The showers are brand new, in fact the ladies shower was under construction while we were here. They have have plenty of heat and hot water. It is so cold that we have only had water on the dock for one day, that was enough for us to fill our water tank. We had quite an ice storm so we have been stuck oh the boat for two days. Just before the storm started we used the marinas car to stock up on groceries.

We are having problems with our anchor windlass and rode. James located a mechanic for us who came over and checked things out. He was able to fix the windlass but we need to replace the rope. At the moment we are waiting for things to melt so that we can install the new rode.

The marina is located inside a well protected basin with two other marinas. It is crowded but we had no problem moving around with our 40 foot length. The entrance is very narrow and requires that you enter from the South. If Southbound, do not cut the corner when you enter, the water there is very thin. Call the marina, they will guide you in.

Because of the storm, we have not been able to try any of the restaurants. This is a great place and should go on your list of stops.

Terrific service, 2014-01-25
Captain: , Jacksonville (190)

These guys went above and beyond! Took great care of the boat while I was gone, dropped and picked me up at the airport even late at night! Great washer and dryer, and the the newly remodeled head was great! The piers were in great shape! I just can't mention how far these guys went to take care of my boat and I. Highly recommended!

secure and lovely, 2013-12-08
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (216)

After several stops here we can vouch for consistent and friendly service. All the facilities are first class, clean and in good order.

We've come in late afternoon and the staff have waited for us without any hesitation.

We pressed sundown this last time and the dock master, James, made arrangements for us to be assisted on arrival and said "enjoy your stay and we'll settle up by email". Nice to be trusted.

Two excellent restaurants within easy walking distance and a courtesy car for shopping.

Great marina, 2013-11-28
Captain: , Ottawa (1173)

Very nice marina, and with either BoatUS or MTOA discounts to $1/foot. The facilities are quite nice with $1/wash and $1/dry laundry. The dockmaster, James, goes out of his way to help people stopping here, and will loan you his car to do shopping. Will definitely stop here again if we're in the area, and strongly recommend it to others looking for an inexpensive but very nice place to stop.

first time here will stop again, 2013-10-23
Captain: , Stuart FL (835)

October 21, 2013
Follow markers in and you should have no problems. Very friendly and cooperative staff. The owner of our dock had power off but rather than asking us to move to another James made arrangements to have power turned on!!!

Floating docks, enterprise car rental about 15 minutes away.

Great place to stop esp at $1
/ft. With Boat US discount

Stephen Starling
KZ 42

Great Stop, 2013-08-07
Captain: , Abilene, TX (210)

2nd time here and will stop again, staff is very good and facilities are continually being updated, restaurants within walking distance, good weather protection

Super Nights Stop, 2013-06-15
Captain: , Perry, Kansas (317)

James, the Harbormaster goes out of his way to welcome you, from a welcoming beverage, to personnally driving you around on errands. The facility is great, with an onsite pool. Resaturants nearby are pricy but very good dining. Cannot beat the price.

Still a most excellent facility, 2013-05-31
Captain: , Marathon (40)

Helpful staff. Very protected. Has the feeling of a club, not just a marina. Restaurants on site. Well maintained. Have stayed here several times.

Excellent service and communication, 2013-05-30
Captain: , Pfungen, Switzerland (310)

Excellent service and communication, dockmaster James is doing everything to satisfy his guests.
Plowed through the mud while going out during LAT drawing 5.5 feet. Had enough water as we moved to the very center of the marked channel.

excellent marina, 2013-05-08
Captain: , New Bern, NC (171)

James, the dock master, could not have been more helpful. We arrived after the marina had closed for the evening, and he made arrangements with one of the marina residents to help us in. He told us that if he couldn't arrange help, he would come back to the marina from home. Very nice facilities, easy docking, no current to speak of. We came in for 1 night and stayed for 2. We will come again...

Great Marina..but, 2013-04-30
Captain: , Friday Harbor, WA (490)

All the preceding reviews are correct, but this is a marina surrounded by condos and any view is limited. Great overnight stop

First time but not the last, 2013-04-17
Captain: , MV Red Head (3106)

This was our first time stopping in at Lightkeepers Marina and we wished we had time to stay longer. The facilities are very nice plus we were told that they are about to begin improvements so they will be even better!! The staff is professional and does a great job of bringing you in. The boaters we met on the docks were all friendly. There are two restaurants right in the basin and nice walkways all around so you can easily stroll and look at the many boats or take your four-legged crew for a walk.

We will definitely be back and hope to be able to stay a bit longer next time.

Great Stay, 2012-12-12
Captain: , TORONTO (20)

Special thanks to Dockmaster James for making our stay that much better. Will go out of his way to help you with absolutely anything you need (including use of his vehicle). Amenities are clean and laundry was a plus on site. Couple of good restaurants nearby but no grocery for provisioning so make sure your stocked before you arrive or take James up on his offer for use of his vehicle. A good spot to stop over and relax. "Venture" will definitely be back.

Warning you may never want to leave., 2012-11-15
Captain: , Toronto (30)

Very easy, well marked access. Harbor Master James is very helpful and will loan you his car to do errands. Good restaurants in walking distance and a short drive to West Marine, Liquor and Grocery stores. Free pump out service right at your dock. Great place to stay for a week, a month or the winter. Very cheap monthly rates!

Lightkeepers Marina, 2012-11-03
Captain: , Blacksburg, VA (20)

Lightkeepers is the perfect stop between Carolina Beach and the Waccamaw River. Helpful, friendly staff, great facilities, and very well protected. We sat here through Hurricane Sandy and were very pleased. The floating doacks are a big plus too. James is a great dockmaster - very helpful and friendly.

Excellent Marina, 2012-10-25
Captain: , West Chester, PA (10)

This is an excellent marina that offers everything the transient cruiser could need. The amenities are very good - and the $1.00 washer / dryer was a pleasant surprise. The docks access a really nice boardwalk around the whole harbor as well as a copule walkable restaurants.

Marina manager James is top notch. He could not have been more helpful, friendly or professional.

We stayed here two nights on our way south. We will definitely stop again when we return north.

New WiFi Antenna, 2012-09-27
Captain: , Little River, SC (443)

The newly installed antenna makes the WiFi signal excellent all over the marina. Friendly staff.

Good stopover, 2012-07-23
Captain: , Charleston, SC (422)

James was great! Finger docks a little wobbly. Good showers. Access was easy and several boaters came over to help us dock. Would stay again. Downside is no grocery.

Friendly, Good Restaurant, 2012-07-12
Captain: , Little River, SC (1987)

James, the dockmaster at this facility was extremely accommodating and gave us a special rate after he found out that we owned a condo across the harbor. Shower facilities were clean and laundry was only $1.00/load or dry. Clark's Restaurant within walking distance was very good. Their wifi connection (on P dock) was almost unusable. Verizon cell phone connections were also poor.

Great Marina, 2012-06-17
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (323)

Wonderful staff - both James and Bob were as helpful as could be. Easy entry, good protection, great showers and bathroom, great price, nice place to walk around the inlet, restaurant at neighboring (easy walking distance) Myrtle Beach Yacht Club, nice swimming pool, beautiful landscaping. Only downside: no courtesy car nor easy-to-get-to shopping, but James offered his car if needed.

Good docking help - great place.

Will stay agian!!!, 2012-04-17
Captain: , St. Somewhere (530)

Great place to jump off and get a fresh start with the tide either direction. Great facilities and staff. Was told the entrance and marina were dredged last year. Lowest we saw going in was 6ft and then 8-12ft all over the marina.

Beautiful Marina, 2012-01-26
Captain: , Wrightsville, NC (270)

This is probably the largest marina in the Myrtle Beach area. It surrounded by condos and has fairly deep water all the way through. It is completelyl protected from ICW traffic as you enter through a narrow channel.

No better place to spend a night, 2012-01-16
Captain: , New Bern, NC (466)

The dockmaster, James, was very kind, loaned us his car, offered to comp andextra day due to bad weather, and came down to see us off in the morning even though it was freezing out. Very nice complex, docks in great shape, and head/shower very clean. Laundry was $2 to wash and dry.

Make stop here, 2011-12-26
Captain: , Coles Point (50)

One of our best stop , James is a such fantastic dockmaster verry good price for a quiet marina just before going to rock piel ....

Lightkeepers Marina, 2011-12-23
Captain: , Southport, ME, USA (1178)

You will never find a more friendly and helpful staff anywhere! We stopped here and left the boat for a few days to attend a funeral. Not only was this a secure spot to leave the boat, but James and Bob drove us to the airport and pick us up on our return. Truely a great place to stop.

Welcoming as could be..., 2011-11-19
Captain: , Stone Mountain, GA (180)

I stopped for a night and stayed for 4! James Blanton, who manages the marina (it's actually a "condo marina" with a few transient slips and a pool of rental slips whose owers allow use when they are not in residence) became an instant friend. They don't have mechanical services but when I mentioned that I had a problem with my portable generator, he called his generator repair person and even took it to him. When it couldn't be repaired, James offered the use of his car (or to drive me) to go to Myrtle Beach to try another mechanic or to purchase another generator.

A friendler atmosphere isn't to be found anywhere. The slip holders there were just as helpful (and entertaining!). A great place to stop. Easy in/out, clean, well-kept facilities. First rate experience at a very reasonable price.

Umberto is closed, 2011-07-31
Captain: , ft lauderdale, fl (65)

Nothing new to add except the restaurant Umbertos is closed. There is no restaurant within walking distance, except breakfast place and fast food. There is a good restaurant at the Yacht club, but it is private, although we managed to get a pass from the Holiday Inn Xpress next to Umbertos.

Ditto on everyone else's comments, 2011-05-31
Captain: , Madison, Ohio (400)

$1.00 a foot + $5.00 power, clean restroom/showers, Dockmaster offered his car for use to the store. Docks are getting a little old but still in good shape. Protected from ICW wakes and current!

Very nice marina, 2011-05-23
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Previous comments were spot on. Easy in and out to ICW. The pool is a nice amenity/

Wow! What a find!, 2011-04-15
Captain: , Stratford, CT (658)

From the super helpful staff to the immaculate shower facilities this was a jewel of a find for $1.00 a foot + $5.00 power. There's a swimming pool available for those who enjoy a swim and grounds to walk the dog. We experienced a no wake sleeping night as this marina is off the ICW in a calm Coquina Harbor. Would give this a 5 star in shopping was closer.

Beats Barefoot Landing by a long shot, 2010-11-13
Captain: , Block Island (1679)

With Boat/US discount, $1.25/ft is really a good price for this area. I usually stop at Barefoot, but this place has no wake and you don't feel like you're docked at a mall. No tourists, no bar music, no passing jetskis or boats. Nice floating docks. Very clean and profession marina. Highly recommended as a transient stop in this area.

Excellent marina, 2010-11-02
Captain: , Deltaville (200)

Great place with tons of protection just off the ICW. Look for the big fake lighthouse then turn off ICW through a short but tight channel and be prepared for the large number of boats at dock which come into view.

Part of a residential complex, but no less because of that. Rates were good ($1.25 with BUS). The washrooms were very clean and there is a well kept pool.

Dock staff were very competent and helpful.

No nearby groceries, but a McD, gas station and a reputedly good Italian restraunt all within a short walk.


Excellent Marina in North Myrtle Beach, 2009-11-19
Captain: , South Portland, ME (537)

Located in the same harbor as Coquina Yacht Cub and Myrtle Beach Yacht Club. Well protected, excellent floating docks and good price. $1 a foot in mid-November this year. Very good dock service.

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